Either way, Langston Hall says Mercer is already a winner.
That’s because Hall, the Atlantic Sun Conference player of the year, joined four other senior starters in leading the Bears to their first NCAA bid since 1985.
“We just have to think about the big picture,” Hall said. “If we lose the next game, we will have had a good season, but if we keep it going and keep winning, it will be a special season and really great season.”
Excitement is building in Macon, where Mercer will host a campus event Sunday to celebrate the season and watch the 6 p.m. selection show.
The Bears (26-8) are hoping for a No. 13 or 14 seed, but sixth-year senior forward Jakob Gollon says they won’t mind being farther down the bracket. He believes a victory last week at Florida Gulf Coast proves that Mercer is ready to play on a national stage.
“We knew it was going to be a really tough environment to play in, but with our game style, we’ve got guys that have hit big shots throughout their career,” Gollon said. “We knew we had the ability to quiet the crowd if we make a big run.”
Florida Gulf Coast ended the Bears’ season last year on their home court and went on to create a national buzz with a run to the Sweet Sixteen.